Principal Brenda Mayo (center of front row), School Board Vice Chair Dianne Smith (to Dr. Mayo’s left) and Superintendent Marcus Newsome celebrated Cosby High’s recognition with staff members who undertook the Blue Ribbon application process.
The U.S. Department of Education today named Cosby High School a National Blue Ribbon School; only 335 schools out of nearly 130,000 public and private schools were honored nationwide. The National Blue Ribbon program recognizes elementary, middle and high schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps. Cosby High achieved National Blue Ribbon status as an exemplary high performing school.
“Congratulations go to the students, families, teachers, administrators and the entire Cosby community for achieving this national recognition,” said Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “This prestigious honor provides validation of what we have known all along: Cosby High School is an outstanding learning environment. I commend Cosby for its academic success and for putting in the hard work it takes to achieve that success.”
Cosby High enrolls more than 2,000 students in grades 9-12; the school’s graduation rate is 99 percent. Here are Cosby’s passing rates on Virginia Standards of Learning tests taken during the 2014-15 school year:
Dr. Brenda Mayo, who has served as Cosby High principal since the school opened in 2006, said the national award reaffirms the 10-year commitment of the staff, students and community to sustaining high levels of academic achievement in every content area and exemplary work in all Virginia SOL subjects. Dr. Mayo noted that in the 10 years the school has been open, Cosby High has moved from “bricks to Blue Ribbon” and is now recognized as one of the best high schools in the nation.
Cosby High is the sixth Chesterfield school to achieve National Blue Ribbon status: Winterpock Elementary was honored in 2014, Grange Hall Elementary in 2009, Robious Elementary in 2005, Clover Hill Elementary in 2003 and James River High in 2000.